Ipswich: Bid to scrap roundabouts in Norwich Road have been delayed

Sarah Wright, who campaigned against plans to remove the double roundabout on Norwich Road in Ipswich, is delighted it has been delayed. Sarah Wright, who campaigned against plans to remove the double roundabout on Norwich Road in Ipswich, is delighted it has been delayed.

Friday, July 19, 2013
4:11 PM

Proposals to replace two mini roundabouts with traffic lights on the junction between Norwich Road and Chevallier Street in Ipswich could be scrapped, it has been revealed.

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Work had been scheduled to start next week as part of the £21 million Travel Ipswich project. However due to technical issues with the design, planned Highways Agency work on the A14 that will divert traffic through the area, and local concern about the proposals, engineers have postponed the works until later in the year.

The extra time will give officials the opportunity to review the plans and decide what is best for the future of the junction.

Sarah Wright, of High View Road, Ipswich, launched an online petition against the plans, which was signed by 407 people, as she strongly felt the project was a waste of money.

On hearing the news of the postponement, the 34-year-old said: “I am beyond happy. Even though I started the petition, I did not think it would make that much of a difference.

“If nothing else, I hope it means there will be more consultation on it in the future.

“People felt very passionately that it is a lot of money for something that is not needed.”

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “Travel Ipswich is all about making it easier to travel around the town by all modes of transport, especially by cleaner and greener ones.

“The planned changes to this junction are part of that work however, we felt that for a number of reasons, the time was not right to proceed with these particular roadworks. We have therefore postponed them until further notice.

“Delaying this specific scheme will not have any significant impact on the overall Travel Ipswich project.”

The work had been due to take place between July 29 and August 30.

Since the installation of traffic lights on the junction of Civic Drive and Princes Street under the scheme, motorists have faced major delays, and those living in the Norwich Road area feared the same could happen.

30 comments

  • Should not just be delayed but scrapped altogether.Disappointed more people didn't sign petition-I certainly did.The last thing Ipswich needs is more traffic lights especially at this busy position.Would be chaos

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    Mary Mary

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Well done Sarah - good for you that you took the time to challenge this scheme! Local SCCIBC councillors need to respond publically to residents concerns and not just sit on the fence.

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    Tolly

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Alan - I completely agree with you. Whoever signed off Civic Drive needs to be held to account. It was entirely predictable. The problem is that, over time, people will forget and get used to it taking four times as long to get across that junction - and I don't want that to happen. However - it's not just the journey time - whoever signed it off has created a much more dangerous junction for head-on crashes. I'd like the Ipswich Star to investigate how the decision was made, and who is to blame for it. As I say below - just wait until Christmas shopping starts!

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    john2012

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • The council have just tarmacked the Rope walk, a piece of road that has very little traffic and was in a perfectly decent state of repair; however the junction of spring road and St Helen’s street which has bigger craters than the surface of the moon remains untouched. There is something deeply wrong with the way the roads around Ipswich are being modified and maintained, please look no further than the junction of Rope walk and grimwade street where a cycle path is directed to cross oncoming traffic on a blind corner, it’s insane.

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    Angry Commuter

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Angry commuter - you never saw the rippled effect on the south side of Rope walk as there were cars always parked there . Until Ipswich has a Northern By pass chaos will reign around Ipswich on the roads . Is 20 years overdue , Sudbury got one !

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • can we have the civic drive roundabout back as well

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    returning fan

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Great news - does any know if that included scrapping the work on Felixstowe RoadNacton Road and Woodbridge RoadArgyle Street that was due to be done in conjunction with the Norwich Road Roundabouts?

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    FredFlintstone

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Great news that this has been delayed. Just a shame that this could not have happened with the Civic Drive disaster. As many people predicted, the new traffic lights there are not fit for purpose - I've timed it in the evening rush hour - a five minute journey trying to turn right from Civic Drive towards the Railway Station takes 20 minutes now, rather than 5 minutes. Just wait until Christmas shopping starts. It's also going to be an accident black spot for head on crashes as frustrated people take risks when turning right - something that obviously cannot happen with a roundabout. There needs to be a full investigation of who made the decision to replace the roundabout, and why, and I'd like the Ipswich Star to push that investigation.

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    john2012

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Sorry david s , its not a Noddy town ,its a COUNCIL ESTATE ??

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • delayed...................GOOD !, cancel the plans altogether !

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    freedomf

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Am staggered that there are so many in favour of keeping these ridiculous roundabouts!! I use them frequently and often during rush hour. The pedestrian crossings on Chevallier Street, Valley Rd and Norwich Rd would be so much more driver friendly if they were actually on the junction rather than just after it causing the roundabouts to back up the instant a pedestrian wants to cross. Like the Bramford Rd and Yarmouth Rd junction each road user would be given their ‘go’ at crossing and prevent all this stop start business. I have lost track of the near misses at this junction where people hesitate and don’t appear to understand the principle of giving-way to their right. Either that or they join the roundabout with no clear exit (traffic backed up) and then hinder other drivers who could have gone about their journey. If there was ever a junction in Ipswich which needed improvement, it’s this one.

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    Pinefeline

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Are the council finally listening to the general public and taking heed of their views? somehow I doubt it, we will only know when it is scrapped for good. Pity they didn't listen before ripping up the underpasses and roundabout in Civic Drive and building two new separate bus stations when it would have made more sense to combine them.

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    Big Spot

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Can we have them replaced with one larger roundabout please? And re-instate the one at Civic Drive. Even when it was a mini-roundabout during the works there it still flowed nicely. The current junction is a nightmare, and must surely go down as the most ill-thought out "improvement" that SCC & IBC have ever come up with.

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    Richard Hall

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • hooray, perhaps IBC cannow spend this money on Broomhill swimming pool and bring fun into thousands of people.

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Pinefeline - if you are as adept at negotiating roundabouts as you are at posting a simple message, I can see why you have so many problems! I have been using this roundabout for over 10 years and I haven't seen any 'near misses' that you refer to. The junction is really too big for traffic lights. If it were to be anything like the civic drive junction, that will create far more danger to motorists trying to turn right, when being left stranded by a light turning red, after they have entered the filter.

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    B_Relic

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • I think those in charge of this rediculously brainless set of traffic improvements should seriously consider their positions. Civic drive is now calamatous and if this hair brained scheme went ahead the same would follow at Norwich Road. So all this reveals is that the Council had managed to ring fence some money and as it is now burning a hole in their pockets they are slinging it at anything. Complete shambles. This council is destroying the livibility in OUR town. Vote them off quick.

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    Scuzzer

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • I think the key line is - planned Highways Agency work on the A14 that will divert traffic through the area. IBC and SCC never listen to the people who pay there wages, this work will happen but just a bit later than planned.

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    R2 D2

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • This would have been another major traffic delay area should be shelved for good. Princes st. traffic lights is a prime example where people who could foresee the delays traffic lights would cause but the council ignored people's views.Traffic often built up at rush hour right from St Matthews roundabout through to Nova Hotel and beyond.Congratulations to the borough transport department.

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    A.J.M.917

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Or is it like Duke St & Princess St Roundabouts they have now realized its a big waste of money,, went into town via Bishops hill Nacton Rd today traffic queued all the down to those dam college crossing lights finally got to West end Rd Yarmouth Rd lights to find yet more traffic jams �� gave up and came home

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • To Pinefeline: anyone with what ought to be the requisite intelligence level to drive a car correctly should not have any problem using the roundabouts safely. I have campaigned for IQ tests being part of the driving test for years especially in a predominantly mentally backward town like Ipswich. However you have a point re the pedestrian lights being too far away from the junction as there have been many near misses with people nearly being mown down by drivers ignoring red lights giving priority to people on foot crossing the road.

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    Sarky Sage

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • Good, Traffic lights were (in the past at this junction) a complete nightmare. It is crassly stupid to remove a system that works well and a complete waste of Tax Payers money. The silent majority do not want a roundabout so why is the Council trying to force us to have one? Typical Ipswich. We voted against a Sports Centre in town got four on the outskirts. We want Pipers Vale, St Matthew's Baths and Broomhill left open, the Council Closed them all. We wanted an Airport and the Council closed it, replacing it with Noddy town. Thank you Labour.

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    David S

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Am staggered that there are so many in favour of keeping these ridiculous roundabouts!! I use them frequently and often during rush hour. The pedestrian crossings on Chevallier Street, Valley Rd and Norwich Rd would be so much more driver friendly if they were actually on the junction rather than just after it causing the roundabouts to back up the instant a pedestrian wants to cross. Like the Bramford Rd and Yarmouth Rd junction each road user would be given their ‘go’ at crossing and prevent all this stop start business. I have lost track of the near misses at this junction where people hesitate and don’t appear to understand the principle of giving-way to their right. Either that or they join the roundabout with no clear exit (traffic backed up) and then hinder other drivers who could have gone about their journey. If there was ever a junction in Ipswich which needed improvement, it’s this one.

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    Pinefeline

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Forgot to say a big well done to Carole for starting the petition.There are enough people who have to drive that way at some point even if they don't live in the area.Together we have to fight these ridiculous decisions made by people with no idea

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    Mary Mary

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Have they learned nothing? Civic drive is a total disaster. There was NO traffic buildup when the roundabout was there, now there's queues all the way up civic drive

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    TrollFace

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

  • Am staggered that there are so many in favour of keeping these ridiculous roundabouts!! I use them frequently and often during rush hour. The pedestrian crossings on Chevallier Street, Valley Rd and Norwich Rd would be so much more driver friendly if they were actually on the junction rather than just after it causing the roundabouts to back up the instant a pedestrian wants to cross. Like the Bramford Rd and Yarmouth Rd junction each road user would be given their ‘go’ at crossing and prevent all this stop start business. I have lost track of the near misses at this junction where people hesitate and don’t appear to understand the principle of giving-way to their right. Either that or they join the roundabout with no clear exit (traffic backed up) and then hinder other drivers who could have gone about their journey. If there was ever a junction in Ipswich which needed improvement, it’s this one.

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    Pinefeline

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • At long last maybe the authorities are actually listening to people andor have realised that they are ruining both the town's traffic system and in turn deterring visitors from even coming into the town centre.

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    england1770

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • P.s - have ya noticed how ya cant log out of this site without having to click on the ad that appears directly above the button... nice try Star - so I just delete cookies instead. Ah ha ha ha. PPS Good on ya Sarah!!!!!

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Let's hope this has indeed been cancelled and not just delayed. If they do go ahead with this plan in the future then getting around Ipswich will be made a complete nightmare. Maybe some bright spark has finally realised that there is nothing green about creating great queues of traffic that nothing can get through, buses included. Yes, I agree with others that money would be much better spent on Broomhill pool, which would be a fantastic amenity to thousands of people in Ipswich and actually do something to improve the quality of life for residents.

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    B_Relic

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Forget the formal excuses - we know the truth. The whole thing is a shambles. This isn't Inner London with various route options. Shame we didnt have a petition against the Dale Hall Lane lights - you know the ones... the lights the Conservatives were going to get rid of if they got into power and then quietly forgot about when they did.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Good. The double roundabout system has served that junction well for many years (about 40, I think) and should be left well alone. Traffic lights just cause delays.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, July 19, 2013

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